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Can I Go Swimming With An Ear Infection
Yes, but: It is a good idea to protect your ear from water with a silicone ear plug that molds to your outer ear. Best to not use plugs that fill the canal. If you feel as if water gets into your ear then the use of an antibiotic ear drop can help prevent infection. You should speak to your ENT doctor about these drops. If you have not seen an ENT recently you should as perforations need to checked. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more
Have middle ear infection with perforated eardrum.Waiting to see ent. How long to heal?Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs?
Weeks to Months: The perforation may heal in a few weeks, or may take up to a few months.Some perforations require intervention. This may take the form of a paper patch to promote healing (a simple procedure by an ear, nose and throat specialist), or surgery. However, in some cases, the perforation can last several years and will be unable to heal naturally. ...Read more
Not recommended: Ear infections are inflammatory processes so flying and changing pressure in flight will most likely cause a great deal of pain. It can also cause the inflammation to worse, possibly cause the ear drum to rupture or cause further local damage. If you have questions definitely see a specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I shower with an outer ear infection that is healing? I also have an ear wick. Anything I should be cautious of? Do I need to wear plugs?
Should be ok: It should be ok to shower. Obviously, without more info such as an exam, it's tough to be sure, but it sounds OK from what you presented. If you're unsure, you'll have to see your primary care for an exam. ...Read more
Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs if I have a perforated eardrum from a middle ear infection?
Controverisal: There is constant back and forth between the experts on this very issue, and no consensus has been reached yet. My practice is if you are on appropriate therapy for the infection, including topical drops like ciprodex, then you can safely swim in clean water (no rivers or lakes). It is essential, however, that you follow up closely with doctor to make sure the ear and perforation has healed. ...Read more
Only swimmers ear: A true inner ear infection requires fluid accumulated behind the eardrum (usually due to the negative eustachian tube pressure from a cold). A swimmers ear is an outer ear infection due to swimming and involves the outer ear canal. The two entities are entirely different and require different treatments ...Read more
Caution is Advised: Depending on where the staphylococcal infection is located determines this. If it is a skin infection, then most properly sanitized pool water is safe but lakes and oceans (oxymetazoline) can potentially open yourself up to bacteria that can exacerbate the infection or allow other infections to enter your body. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum from an ear infection. Should i follow up with my pcp or an ent?
Painful: You "can" but it might be very painful with the pressure changes your ears will go thru. Normally when pressure changes, your ear adjusts to it, but if you have an ear infection this system of "adjustment" is not working. Try to postpone. If you can't, at least use specialized ear plugs for air travel (not sure how effective they will be). Good luck. ...Read more
Generally yes: In most cases it should be fine... But: if you have an outer ear infection (swimmer's ear), avoid swimming. If you have a middle ear infection, be careful about too much heavy lifting. If you have an inner ear infection (dizzy), be very careful about the potential for you to fall. ...Read more
I have an ear ache plus congestion and runny nose. Do you think it might be an ear infection and should I go to the doctor?
It could be.: Congestion plugs up the opening between the middle ear and the nose, causing your ears to feel full and occasionally hurt. You could try a dehumidifier, shower, sugarless gum chewing or some oral decongestant to see if it relieves the pain; if not, you do need to see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you have an ear infection without fluid in the ear? Ear hurting for a week and I don't have a cold.
Yes, you can have an: inflamed eardrum without fluid behind the eardrum, which could signify infection. You also could have ear pain from a swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, which is an infection of the ear canal from water being in the canal and making a good environment for bacteria or fungus to grow. Those are quite painful and are treated with prescription ear drops. Please see your doctor for diagnosis. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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